Pinteresting Picks for June

It’s the last day of June and summer is in full-swing — we can tell just by looking at our Pinterest boards. We looked at our most pinned products — they’re all very different, but there’s definitely a summer theme to the selections. Here is our list of Pinteresting Picks for June.

Splish-Splash

Your kids will jump at the chance to make waves in this Banzai Splish Splash Pool. Overflowing with nearly 8 feet of fun, this inflatable water playground gives toddlers a cool retreat from the heat. Six activity stations include a rainbow canopy, whale slide, water-spraying starfish stacker, baby dolphin rider, clamshell sprinkler and water-spraying pool rim. Simply attach to your garden hose and let the fun begin.

 

Gnome-Tree

Solar Gnome Tree House will put a smile on the face of everyone who sees it. This whimsical garden accent features windows that light up using the power of the sun. Turns on automatically at dusk.

 

Smores-Grill-Rack

Prepare everyone’s favorite campfire treat on the grill with this S’mores Grill Rack. The stainless steel platform holds graham crackers and chocolate on top, while the sides can hold marshmallows on two of the four included skewers.

 

Body-Pillows

A 52″ Bright Body Pillow is a fun and comfortable addition to your bedroom. Cradle it for extra support while sleeping on your side. Lean back onto it when reading or watching TV. Works as a decorative pillow for your bed as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks for the Week

Summer is a wonderful time to give your home a new look. Whether you fill your weekends with DIY projects or just want to add a little color to a room, improving your space has never been simpler. Start out with LTD’s Product Picks for the Week, and you will be done in no time!

metal-wall-decor-with-mirrors

Hang this Metal Wall Decor with Mirrors vertically or horizontally to make a bold statement in any room.

self-adhesive-window-privacy-film

Self-Adhesive Window Privacy Film gives you seclusion and still allows light to shine through.

3-pc-figurine-sets

The slim characters of these 3-Pc. Figurine Sets create a charming grouping on a shelf or table.

sets-of-2-electric-or-gas-burner-covers

A Set of 2 Electric or Gas Burner Covers provides additional counter space in a busy kitchen.

moose-lodge-comforter-set

Create a rustic feel fit for a log cabin in the woods with this Moose Lodge Comforter Set.

 

 

 

 

5 Simple Ideas to Give Your Room a New Look

living-roomRedecorating can be a lot of work and a lot of money but every room could use a refresher once in a while. Here are 5 simple ideas to give your room a new look without all the expense and effort of renovating.

Contrast

Treat trim and baseboards as you would treat wall art or a photograph. Curate it. Give it color in contrast to the walls. Making the trim stand out mixes up the mundane and gives the room an unexpected visual pop.

Angle

Pick up your furniture and move it. It doesn’t have to be completely re-arranged, a simple slide counterclockwise to change the angle of the room refreshes a tired arrangement without tearing down a wall or even dragging out your tool box.

living-room2Rotate

Change up your accessories. Rotate different colored throw pillows and blankets into the room to create a different mood. Do this seasonally to brighten the room, to tone it down or when you get bored the room’s landscape.

Redistribute

Go through your room and collect all your knick knacks, curios and baubles. When all of your surfaces are free of mementos, redistribute them. Just mixing up the little things brings a welcome shine to a dull room.

living-room3Nature

Add a houseplant or two to the room. Plants add color and life to a room as well as filter the air we breathe. The room doesn’t even have to have much light; some plants prefer indirect sunlight and thrive in dim spots. Even if you don’t think you can care for a plant, there are many plants that require minimal maintenance.

Reviving a room doesn’t have to be a lot of work or cost a lot. Sometimes it only takes a few adjustments to bring cheer back to a room.

Duck Dynasty 4th of July

Duck-Dynasty-flicker-USOThe Robertsons are known for their country values, patriotic flare, and being a little offbeat. Expect nothing less for a Duck Dynasty 4th of July celebration. Here’s a Duck Dynasty guide to celebrating the most patriotic of American holidays:

Taking the Day Off:

“Work Work Work. Nobody takes to to stop and smell the roses. Hey, so Jack we’re smelling the roses.” – Si

“It’s Saturday, I fish on Saturdays.” – Jase

Cooking Out:

“Food is the language. I know how to speak it.”- Miss Kay

“Buy those wieners with cheese already in them.” – Willie

Spending Time with Family:

“West Monroe born and raised in the duck blind is where I spent most of my days.” – Jep

“I want to learn how to make that little heart & a smiley face.” – Miss Kay

“I know this sounds like a crazy question, but what are you doing handcuffed to your uncle?” – Phil

Causin’ Trouble: 

“This thing is off the hook and the chain.” – Si

“We’re gonna run if we get in trouble.” – Jep

Relaxing and Disconnecting:

“They’re already suffering from digital dementia.” – Phil

“Peace of mind is like a piece of pie.” – Si

To create a Robertson Fourth of July is a tall order; you don’t have to do it their way to do it right, but their way is the fun way.

 

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

It’s Friday and it’s time to take a break to shop. It’s an easy breezy kind of day kind of day so those are the items we’re thinking about buying: things to make our lives easy and a little breezy. Here are the items we adore; LTD’s Product Picks for the Week:

Sheer-curtains

Indoor/Outdoor Sheer Curtain is a gorgeous way to provide some privacy and protection from the sun without blocking your view. The hanging loops are fabric-magic tabs that wrap around any rod and secure the curtain with a contemporary look. Lightweight fabric blows beautifully in the breeze. Water repellent and mildew resistant. 54″ wide. Polyester. Machine wash. Imported.

bug-zapper-butterfly

The lantern-look Solar Bug Zapper attracts and kills mosquitoes and other insects. Held within the metal frame, the zapper is harmless to humans and pets. An integrated solar panel charges during the day to automatically activate the zapper at night. Hang it by the hook or simply stand it on your porch, patio or a table. Butterfly, 10″ x 4-1/2″ sq. Star, 10″ x 5-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Both measurements include the 3-1/4″ handle.

plus-size-smock

Brightly colored print and flattering style makes this Plus-Size Smocked Sundress a must-have for your summer wardrobe. Wear it over a swimsuit or as a casual dress for a stroll on any sunny day. Wide straps and cotton construction allow for comfortable all-day wear, while the smocked bodice complements your figure. Lengths are 41″, 41-1/2″ and 42″. Machine care. Imported.

solar-garden-post

Put an elegant finishing touch on your home with a Solar Garden Post. This classic accent features a teardrop shape enhanced with scrollwork. The lantern at the top is solar-powered, so it needs no time-consuming installation. Glows with constant white light for up to 8 hours on a full charge. On/off switch. A metal ring near the bottom of the Solar Post with Planter holds a 6″ pot. Some assembly required; assembly hardware included. 29″ x 13-3/4″. Metal and polypropylene.

Concealer-pins

A Set of 3 Concealer Pins lets you choose how little or how much you want to show. They’re the perfect solution to make all your tops appropriate for any occasion. Just push the pin through the fabric and secure the clutch to achieve the desired neckline. Pretty pins look like jewelry so they’ll complement any outfit. You can even use them to secure scarfs or shawls. Small enough to carry in your purse so it’s always there when you need it. 1/2″ x 3/8″ dia., each. Plastic and metal.

 

Summer Solstice Celebrations

Summer-SolsticeJune 21st is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere — in Chicago, that means 15 hours and 13 minutes of daylight, but it’s not the same everywhere – some places get sunshine until late at night and it’s steeped in tradition. Here are a few places where the longest day of the year calls for Summer Solstice celebrations much different from American summer celebrations.

Eastern Europe

In Eastern Europe, they get more than 17 hours of daylight – giving them plenty of time to celebrate. Eastern European countries – Lithuania, Belarus, Poland – honor Summer Solstice as Kupala or St. John’s Day. Following tradition of Slavic folklore, the day is a festival of fertility and water. Children douse each other in water fights and uncoupled girls, read their romantic futures by sending flower wreaths in the river. According to folklore, it’s the only day the fern flower blooms; as a sort of pairing ceremony, girls are sent into the forest to find the fern flowers and boys are sent in to follow the girls. Young people already coupled jump over fire pits –hands locked—to determine the strength of their relationship.

MaypoleSweden, Finland and Norway

Sweden, Finland and Norway get almost 19 hours of daylight – the sun rises before 4am and sets after 10pm. Like Eastern European countries, they celebrate St. John’s Day on the Summer Solstice – or Midsummer – which is taken very seriously. In Sweden and Finland most businesses close up shop and people leave town for the countryside to celebrate. Flowers and plants are thought to have special healing powers on the solstice, so to welcome summer, children pick flowers to decorate the Maypole which they later dance around. Norway’s summer solstice is full of superstition – to protect their cows, they decorate barns with troll repellent birch and rowanberries. The center of Summer Solstice celebration for all three countries, much like Eastern European countries, is the bonfire – a symbol of the sun.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, Stonehenge reigns as the most identifiable place to celebrate Summer Solstice. Stonehenge is a stone monument near what archaeologists believe to be ancient burial grounds that date back to 3100 B.C.  Every year thousands of people gather at the site to watch the sun rise at 4:53am on the Summer Solstice. Archaeologists believe the giant stones were set up in alignment with the sun and they were used as ceremonial paths during the shortest and longest days of the year.

DaylightThe only place in the United States that gets a day an excessive amount of daylight is Anchorage, Alaska where they get 19 hours and 21 minutes of daylight. Celebrations aren’t rooted in cultural traditions, but there is a big festival and a Midnight Sun Marathon.

We might not get as much sunlight as our northern friends, but it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate a day with extra sunshine. Happy Summer Solstice!

Who We Are Following…

Pinning, tweeting and blogging – there’s a lot to read on the Internet, and we have a few favorites. There are pinners, tweeters and bloggers we like that we think you’ll like, too.This is who we are following this week:

Blogs:

Inspired-By-Charminspiredbycharm.com Inspired by charm and so charming! This blog is full of awesome ideas to transform your home, recipes to die for and crafts to delight everyone on your gift list. In short: adorable.

getcreativejuice.com Creative juices are definitely flowing from this blog. Tips and tutorials are plentiful to make your life more beautiful with recipes so beautiful you have to try but won’t get upset if you don’t quite nail them. To sum it up: amazing.Creative-Juice

musthavemom.com This blog is a must see – it’s the blog for “the every mom.”  DIY beauty tips, inspirational thoughts and ideas to make fun for kids. In all: a mom’s mom.

TwitterTwitter:

@theNewClassy is frugal with ideas to match.  From DIY furniture ideas to patriotic recipes, @theNewClassy inspires us.

@orgjunkie If you need something – anything — organized, @orgjunkie knows just how to do it. It’ll make your head spin.

@simplyathomemom A good quote or a good recipe, @simplyathomemom tweets ideas we can use any and every day.

PinterestPinterest:

Hildur Johnson likes what we like! Her boards are full of DIY crafts, recipes and entertaining ideas – all cute and totally clever.

Dionne Hayek has inspiring and snazzy ideas. We look to her pins and boards for style, décor and DIY we can use.

Kelly Asfour has decorating ideas for the outdoors, indoors and just about anything DIY. She has a lot to pin and we’re watching.

We’re always looking for ideas; Pinterest, Twitter and the blogosphere are only a few of the places we look, but we’re looking at them all the time. When we see amazing sites, we’ll let you know if you should check them out, too.

June 18th is National Splurge Day: 3 Ways to Spoil Yourself

June 18th is National Splurge Day…We’re taught to practice restraint in everything we do, but sometimes we need to let loose and do something for ourselves without feeling like we’ve done something wrong. Here are 3 ways to spoil yourself without feeling guilty for overindulging.

ShopaholicShopping

There are many reasons why we spend money and there are many reasons we don’t spend money. One thing is for certain: we like to spend money on things we want. Though the study hasn’t been officially published, researchers at the University of Michigan believe shopping can reduce residual sadness. Since Splurge Day is coming up, we’re going to give shopping the benefit of the doubt and give you the green light to splurge on whatever dress, piece of furniture or shoes you’ve been dying for. Buying something new might just lift your spirits – if they need lifting.

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Spa

A day at the spa doesn’t need much of a defense. By definition, it has countless benefits. British researchers found massage can reduce anxiety, but massage – more specifically, touch – releases the hormone “oxytocin,” which, new research shows, can keep you young. The study published in the journal Nature Communications was done on mice injected with the hormone – both young and old mice. Muscles in the old mice were actually repaired by the hormone while there was no effect on the young mice. This is not hard evidence showing more touching will make humans young, but a good massage is worth splurging on if there’s even a possibility it keeps us young. So please, splurge on that day at the spa.

Chocolate-CakeFood

There’s not much evidence eating too much of anything is good for you, but there are foods we are trained to eat sparingly – but some of those items can actually be good for you. One of them is chocolate. It contains flavonoid antioxidants which are considered to be good for your heart and blood vessels. With some evidence to back that up, Swedish researchers studied its effects on women who had suffered heart attacks and found the more they ate, the greater their chance of survival. It sounds too good to be true, but any reason to indulge in chocolate is a good reason.

We can’t eat, buy and do anything we want every day, but every once in a while it feels good to indulge; on Splurge Day, it’s ok to do just that. Happy Splurge Day!

Best Places to Fish Around the Country

Fly-Fisherman-CastingThe Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake is coming up. But even if you don’t live in Tennessee, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a weekend of fishing. Here are the Tennessee, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a weekend of fishing. Here are the best places to fish around the country right now.

California

Shasta Lake in Northern California near Redding is a prime spot for angling. Both warm water and cold water fish call it home. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass make waves there along with catfish, crappie, rainbow and brown trout, and bluegill among others. According to fisherman reporting on fishsniffer.com, kokanee and king salmon are buzzing right now with trout and bass performing a great side show.

Texas

Cedar Creek Lake outside of Dallas is one of the biggest lakes in Texas – and if it’s big in Texas, it’s HUGE to the rest of us. According to Cedarcreeklake.com it has about 320 miles of shoreline so there’s plenty of room to cast your line. Largemouth and white bass, crappie and blue catfish are yours for the fishing. According to bigcrappie.com, heavy rains are making shallow water great for reeling in crappies as the catfish move to deeper waters. Cedar Creek Lake isn’t just good for the fishing – it’s also a vacation spot and is rumored to be one of the best places to retire.

Illinois

Not too far from Carbondale, Lake of Egypt is the base for some of the best fishing in Illinois. There’s about 95 miles of shoreline between the Trail of Tears State Forest and the Shawnee National Forest. It’s a privately owned lake with public access for a fee — but it’s a great recreation destination. According to lake-link.com Largemouth and smallmouth bass, white and black crappie, bluegills and carp glide through the water of Lake of Egypt. Right now bass and bluegills are biting but the bigger fish are moving to deeper water.

Florida

About halfway between Tampa and Palm Bay, you’ll find Lake Kissimmee and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes where some of Florida’s best fishing is done; that’s saying a lot because Florida is peppered with great lakes. Lake Kissimmee is known for its bass – the Florida Game and Fish laws limits angler bounty to five fish per day – only one can be more than 24 inches long. Right now, the water is warm so it’s best to do your fishing earlier in the day before the heat slows the fish down.

Fly-FishingOhio

If you’re not tempted by the deep water of Lake Erie, just south of Akron, there’s plenty of fishing to be done at Portage Lakes – a chain of five lakes connected by channels. Many bodies of water means a variety of fish – walleye, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, rainbow trout, white crappie are among your options. Right now is a good time to scoop up crappies and largemouth bass are biting.

You don’t have to be a bassmaster to reel in a good fish, but you may need a fishing license, a fishing rod and a good lead to the best lake for outdoor sports. From California to Florida, you have some ideas on where to go… now all you have to do is bait your hook!

History of Father’s Day

father-with-kidsFather’s Day is Sunday – it’s a day set aside to honor our dads like we celebrate our moms on Mother’s Day. And just as the idea of Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis to recognize her own mother’s accomplishments as an activist and social worker, the father of Sonora Smart Dodd is who inspired Father’s Day. Here’s a little bit of the history of Father’s Day.

Sonora Smart Dodd was sixteen in 1898 when her mother died during childbirth – leaving her father, William Jackson Smart — a Civil War veteran and farmer in Spokane, Washington — to raise their six children by himself. Dodd wanted to give celebrate her father and got the idea for Father’s Day after hearing her pastor’s sermon about Mother’s Day. A year later, on June 19, 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated at the YMCA in Spokane. The holiday received a little bit of fanfare and support from President Woodrow Wilson. He wanted to make Father’s Day an official holiday, but Congress rejected it in 1916. In the 1920s, President Calvin Coolidge went to bat to recognize the day, but didn’t go so far as to issue a national proclamation. After that, interest in the holiday faded.

In the 1930s, Dodd got back to work to raise awareness of Father’s Day on a national level, but the ball didn’t start to roll until the 1960s when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the national proclamation to officially honor fathers on the third Sunday in June. Dodd’s work finally saw an ending in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

dadToday, people honor their fathers by grilling out, a ballgame or playing golf. Whether your father is a farmer, a single dad or both, he deserves a day for you to celebrate his job of raising kids.